People think they live their lives with integrity, but they encourage and support the holocaust of war, encourage and support the punishment of rape and murder as a sentence for committing crimes, while they simultaneously give pardons in advance for powerful individuals who commit crimes against the masses.
They say they have integrity, but wouldn’t help their neighbor in a pinch, or will stand by while someone gets beaten within an inch of their lives, because they don’t want to get involved.
They say they have integrity, but will refuse health care to those who don’t have the money to pay for it.
They’ll build their entire lives around feeding off of the dead carcasses that they slaughter, only because they’ve always done it. Some will call themselves animal lovers, but eat meat three times a day, every day for their entire lives.
They say they have integrity, but block the emergence of new ideas, new ways to alleviate suffering, simply because they don’t like change.
They’ll refuse to talk to their neighbor, members of their family, their community, people of other colors (and yes, white is a color, as beautiful as any other), people of other religions, groups, nations, yet claim to have integrity; and in fact will become quite indignant if anyone suggests otherwise.
The list can go on. Despite all this, people really do question their own harmful repetitive actions. What they lack is the motivation to change those actions, mostly out of fear of rejection, ridicule, and standing alone.
Most people wouldn’t think of breaking a law of society, but when it comes to universal laws, principles to a better life, they scoff at that which takes little effort with everything in it for them. Who’s going to punish them if they don’t do what’s good for them, a forgiving God?
You’re your own God, so the only one you’re punishing is yourself–and everyone else on the planet, by the lack of integrity you cover up by claiming you’re only doing what everyone else does.
If you live with integrity, real integrity, you don’t have to worry about all the cover ups you have to do for your lack of it. However, don’t think that because of your own integrity, all good things will come to you, or that you’ll never be challenged. That’s like saying bad things shouldn’t happen to good people. Everybody else’s Gods are still out there, many of whom haven’t evolved as far as you have, while still others have evolved further.
When you know that you’re living the right life to the best of your ability, when you’re applying the five principles, you’ll have peace of mind, and that peace of mind is priceless. It’s like having your own safe haven, because no matter what happens you are your own home. Your body/mind really is the temple that houses your own God.
Keep from falling into the pit of prejudice by thinking before you think.